Simpson University for Seniors Accepting Students for March Classes

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University for Seniors is offering two courses in March for adults of any age.

The non-credit, no-homework classes, which begin March 1, are taught on Simpson’s campus by university professors and professionals in their field of expertise. Classes meet from 10:20 to 11:20 a.m. and 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The following courses are being offered:

10:20-11:20 a.m. – Tolkien: The Author and His Writings. J.R.R. Tolkien created fascinating worlds in his fantasy fiction, worlds that went on to see new cinematic life in recent film adaptations. We will read and discuss his best loved novels, The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings Trilogy in relation to his life, the Inklings’ oeuvre, and the films. Presenter: Carolyn Murray

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Modern Israel: From Ben-Gurion to Netanyahu. The unprecedented story of a state, extinct for nearly 2,000 years, “miraculously” returning to existence in the 20th century. Eretz Israel has become both the most powerful state in the Middle East as well as the most controversial nation in the world. Presenter: Don Claspill

Two courses are offered each month through April. The cost is $95 per person, per course, or $145 for couples registering for the same course. Register online with a credit card at

For more information, call Caitlin Griffin at (530) 226-4978.


Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding almost 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated almost 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and more than 2,500 from its School of Education. It has a highly ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements.

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